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Why Freeing Willy Was the Wrong Thing To Do
ABC NEWS ^ | April 28, 2009 | CATHERINE BRAHIC

Posted on 04/28/2009 3:39:15 PM PDT by Baladas

Willy was never really free. The killer whale star of the Hollywood movie Free Willy had to be cared for by humans even after he was released and he never successfully integrated with his wild kin. Researchers now say attempts to return him to the wild were misguided.

We believe the best option for [Willy] was the open pen he had in Norway, with care from his trainers," says Malene Simon of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, who participated in efforts to reintegrate the cetacean in the wild and is lead author of the study. "He could swim as much as he wanted to, had plenty of frozen herring – which he was very fond of – and the people that he was attached to kept him active."

The killer whale, whose real name was Keiko, died in December 2003, at about 26 years old. Despite efforts to integrate him with wild killer whales in Iceland towards the end of his life, he proved unable to interact with them or find food.

"While we as humans might find it appealing to free a long-term captive animal," the researchers say in the paper, "the survival and well-being of the animal may be severely impacted in doing so." The only cetaceans that have successfully been returned to the wild have been young and only kept in captivity for short periods.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ecology; freewilly; keiko; marinebiology; whales
So the movie was all bunk. They domesticated the animal - NOW, the truth comes out.
1 posted on 04/28/2009 3:39:15 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

I clicked on this post thinking it was a story about Bill Clinton.


2 posted on 04/28/2009 3:44:23 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: Baladas

Free your willy in public and you can get arrested for indecent exposure.


3 posted on 04/28/2009 3:46:09 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Baladas

Pretty well kills off the rest of the sequels...


4 posted on 04/28/2009 3:55:13 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Baladas; Salamander

Free your Willy once, and it’ll run your life, empty your wallet and forget how to perform just when you’ve got an ideal audience.

(I guess it’s that jumping through hoops thing.)


5 posted on 04/28/2009 3:59:54 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: Baladas

Pee Wee Herman Freed Willy and look were that got him


6 posted on 04/28/2009 4:01:26 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (We are all equal here but some of us are more equal than others.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Me too.


7 posted on 04/28/2009 4:03:29 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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